The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: She Was Pretty – Season 1, Episode 16

On the finale of She Was Pretty, all of the storylines were tidied up and neatly squared away. Sung-Joon returned to South Korea early so that he could reunite with Hye-Jin; Ha-Ri was hired as a hotelier; Shin-Hyuk traveled and continued to write; Ra-Ra married an Italian model; and Hye-Jin became a writer and she married Sung-Joon and had a child with him.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 16 passed the Bechdel and race test but did not pass the Russo test.

Episode 16 passed the Bechdel test, and the episode passed this test because there were several occasions where named women talked to each other without mentioning men. Episode 16 also passed the race test, and the episode easily passed this test because while there was one White person in the episode, he never spoke and the rest of the cast was Asian (so only non-White individuals ever talked) and White people were never mentioned by any of the characters.

As to the Russo test, episode 16 did not pass this test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode.

*The Bechdel test entails three requirements:
1. It has to have at least two (named) women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

**The Vito Russo test entails three requirements:
1. The show contains a character that is identifiably lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and/or transgender
2. The character must not be solely or predominately defined by her sexual orientation, gender identity and/or as being intersex
3.The character must be tied into the plot in such a way that her removal would have a significant effect

***The race or people of color (POC) test has three requirements:
1. It has two people of color in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something other than a White person

****Just because a show passes the Bechdel, Russo and race test does not mean that it is not sexist, heterosexist, racist and/or cissexist, etc. The Bechdel, Russo and race test is only a bare minimum qualifier for the representation of LGBTI individuals, women and people of color in television. The failure to pass these tests also does not identify whether the central character was a woman, a person of color or a LGBTQI individual and it does not dictate the quality of the show.

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